Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
March 26, 2016
Government - “The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they [resist] every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent.”
Politics – Obama found it takes different skills to be a community activist demanding change vs. an official implementing change, since he is adept at the former and inept as the latter.
Politics - This week’s distractions from the economy, ObamaCare, and terrorism: Democrat continued war on coal and coal miners and Russian declaration of success in Syria .
Politics – It is ironic that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the party’s front-runners, when polls reveal that more than half of all voters hold deeply negative views of both candidates.
Politics – The media narrative is Hillary Clinton has “survived” more scandals and accusations than the rest of the Presidential field combined, but they neglect to mention that none of these have ever been adjudicated to completion, only ignored, delayed and obstructed.
Politics – Recent emails released confirm that the Hillary Clinton used her job at the State Department to funnel cash into her family’s nonprofit Clinton Foundation.
Politics – Hillary Clinton must be indicted before the Democrat Convention in July, so Democrats will have time to select a Presidential candidate not facing felony charges.
Politics – Anti-Trump protesters admitted answering Craigslist ads and getting paid, mostly by George Soros and MoveOn.org, to attend staged protests against Donald Trump.
Politics – New York Times/CBS News poll found 60% of GOP primary voters feel betrayed and said the Presidential campaign has made them feel embarrassed by the Republican Party.
Politics – The once powerful Tea Party movement has been decentralized and marginalized by its focus on grassroots and state political organizations, but the anger remains unsatiated.
Environment - “America’s “soft despotism” is light years from the atrocities and gulags of its infamous predecessors. But it is highly effective nonetheless. The same (federal) agencies write, impose, enforce and adjudicate the rules, and impose punishment for infractions. They work tirelessly and imperiously to “fundamentally transform” our nation’s legal, energy, economic and social systems – and keep our fossil fuels “in the ground.”
Economy – In the 1980s, 52 % of baby boomers supported bigger government, and in the 1990s, so did 53% of Generation Xers, but today only 25% of boomers and 37% of Gen Xers continue to favor larger government proving a career working changes one’s views.
Economy – Crony capitalism defines business success being dependent on the favoritism shown to it by the ruling government in the form of tax breaks, grants and other incentives.
Debt – The financial house of cards is beginning to crumble as territories (Puerto Rico), states (Michigan, California) and cities (Detroit, Chicago) default on debt and seek bailouts.
Energy – As country after country abandons, curtails or reneges on once-generous support for renewable energy, Europe is beginning to realize that its green energy strategy is dying.
Environment – Climate science is not settled since natural factors are, in fact, dominating and dire IPCC predictions of warming and ice melt are profoundly exaggerated.
Elections – In Australia, all eligible citizens are required to vote; if they don’t they are fined $20, a minor, but effective penalty that has increased voting rates to about 80%.
Family – Marital commitment remains the principal foundation which most Americans can build a stable family and to ensure children grow up to be productive members of society.
Sexuality – Humans develop either “XY” or “XX” genetic markers prior to birth defining them as male or female, while gender is a sociological and psychological construct.
Environment - “They (federal agencies) impose edicts that would never be supported by the People or enacted by Congress, and that they rarely if ever apply to themselves. They lavish billions on allies, while denying funding and legitimacy to critics, siccing IRS dogs on opposition groups, and threatening civil and criminal “racketeering” actions against anyone who “denies” the alleged “reality” of dangerous manmade climate change.”
Foreign Policy – It is time to examine the return on investment on foreign policy spending based on the real value received on terms such as foreign aid, United Nations, NATO, etc.
GWOT – When will we wake up to the fact that radical Islamic jihadists have declared war on the U.S. and act accordingly to protect the country and to win this ideological war?
GWOT – The President said that terrorism is not an existential threat, but Pew Research found 80% of Republicans and 67% of Democrats believe that terrorism is a major threat to the U.S.
Middle East – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summarized the Middle East peace impasse very succinctly, “Terrorists have no resolvable grievances.”
Cuba – President Obama is restoring ties to Cuba, extending credibility and a lifeline to the corrupt Castro regime in return for no tangible U.S. benefit and no Cuban reforms.